Gov. Sisolak Releases Statement Regarding Presumptive Positive Case of COVID-19 in Nevada


March 5, 2020

CONTACT: Ryan McInerney

Communications Director

Gov. Sisolak Releases Statement Regarding Presumptive Positive Case of COVID-19 in Nevada

Carson City, NV – Earlier today, the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) announced Nevada’s first presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. As stated by SNHD, test results are considered “presumptive positive” until confirmed by the federal Centers for Disease Control.

“First and foremost, my thoughts are with the patient and his family at this time,” said Governor Sisolak. “The State of Nevada and our local health authorities are taking this situation very seriously and have been preparing for weeks in anticipation of a presumptive case. I’ve spoken with members of our federal delegation and we will continue coordinating to ensure Nevada’s local health authorities and partners have all the support they need. I urge all Nevadans and visitors to remain calm and follow all available guidelines on how to prevent the spread. We must all do our part to prepare and prevent – not panic.”

The Governor’s Office and the State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) continue to coordinate with the CDC, Nevada’s federal delegation, local health officials, and other state agencies. The Governor is committed to bolstering the public’s access to the most current and accurate information, including educational resources on preparedness and prevention.

“While the first presumptive case of novel coronavirus is concerning, it is important to remember that most Nevada residents are at low risk of contracting COVID-19 at this time,” said Melissa Peek-Bullock, Nevada State Epidemiologist. “The number one way we can prevent the spread of COVID-19, or any infectious disease, is to identify and contain. This is what our public health system is designed to do, and we are grateful for our strong partnership and coordination with our local health districts.”